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Big Heart Pet Brands – Why Work For Us?

 

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We make products people love to buy, and experiences that strengthen the bond between them. We do this because we love pets and we know you trust us with their well-being.

We are driven to constantly improve the quality food and treats we make. Our portfolio of brands, with a foundation in food and treats, meets the needs of every life stage and budget. They nourish the bodies and spirits of cats and dogs–every day.

We're proud to share our family of loved brands with you. This is what keeps us going and growing.


For Your Dog & Cat


 

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Our values guide our every action. You should know what they are so you know what to expect from us.

Pets and People

We are committed to the well-being of pets and the people who love them. We show our hearts. We listen. We do what matters. All of this is at the core of our values and guiding principles.

INTEGRITY
Integrity—in the quality of our brands, our solutions, and our actions—drives every decision we make. We readily embrace the responsibility of being trusted. And we trust that the people we work with—inside and outside the company—will do what they say.

COURAGE
We know that people and their pets, our colleagues and our partners depend on us to make the right call, even when it’s a tough one.

ACTION
We live our purpose every day. We act on it by anticipating and responding to the needs of people, pets, and the people we work with. Our actions are disciplined, decisive, and timely.


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Want to come grow with us? At Big Heart Pet Brands, professional development is an integral part of our performance system and links to our core values and competencies.

Employees are encouraged to participate in opportunities and programs that will contribute to their ability to deliver value and ensure further growth and success for themselves and the Company.

We offer specific developmental programs to help employees meet organizational objectives, enhance their careers, and maintain a consistently high level of performance.

THESE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE

  • Access to more than one hundred e-learning and functional training resources via the Total Learning Center (TLC). The Learning and Development site also offers various tools and resources available to help our employees grow and achieve their full potential, including offerings around Development Planning, Supervisor and Manager Training Curriculum and Institute of Management Studies events.
  • Managers provide internal learning opportunities by working closely with employees to structure appropriate on-the-job activities to meet identified developmental needs.
  • External programs and professional certifications are supported via seminars, conferences or other specialized workshops.
  • External university courses are available through the Big Heart Pet Brands Employee Education Assistance Program. Under the provisions of this program, eligible employees may receive up to $5,250.00 annually in financial assistance for approved courses of study at accredited educational institutions.

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At Big Heart Pet Brands, our employee benefits are designed to provide employees the flexibility to select a package of coverage that meets their unique needs.

Benefits are available to employees and their dependents, including children, spouses and domestic partners and are generally effective on an employee's date of hire.

Medical


Medical Plan coverage is provided through a preferred provider option (PPO) with Blue Cross. Depending upon an employee's location, an employee can choose between the PPO and various HMO's. The employee and the Company share the cost of this benefit. The employee's contributions are before-tax contributions.

Dental


A comprehensive Dental Plan coverage is provided through Delta Dental. For California residents, a dental HMO is available as an alternative dental coverage. The employee and the Company share the cost of this benefit. The employee's contributions are before-tax contributions.

Vision


 Vision coverage is available through Vision Service Plan (VSP). The employee must elect Medical Plan coverage to be eligible. The Company pays the entire cost of this benefit.

Short Term Disability


 Employees are covered for salary continuation in the event of illness or injury. It replaces 100% of employees' base pay or two-thirds of employees' base pay, depending upon employees' years of service, for up to 26 consecutive weeks. The Company pays the entire cost of this benefit.

Long Term Disability


 Employees are covered for 60% of employees' base pay after 26 weeks of total disability. The Company pays the entire cost of this benefit.


Core Life Insurance


 Two options are offered under Core Life Insurance coverage. The Company pays the entire cost of the option elected.


Optional Life Insurance


 The employee can elect additional life insurance coverage of one, two or three times employees' base pay up to a maximum of $1,800,000. Coverage for employees' eligible dependents is also available under a number of options ranging from $2,000 per child and/or $10,000 for employees' spouse/domestic partner to $4,000 per child and/or $20,000 for employees' spouse/domestic partner. The employee pays for this benefit with after-tax contributions.


AD&D Insurance


 The employee can elect Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance for the employee in the amount of one to five times employees' base pay up to a maximum of $500,000. AD&D coverage is also available for eligible dependents. Coverage options for employees' spouse/domestic partner range from one to five times employees' base pay up to a maximum of $500,000; dependent children can be covered at 15% of the employee coverage amount. Employees pay for this benefit with after-tax contributions.

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Big Heart Pet Brands is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace environment rich in diversity — one in which individual differences are not simply tolerated or accepted, but truly appreciated.

Diversity encompasses universally recognized traits such as race, gender and national origin; however, it also includes less obvious individual differences such as socioeconomic background and personal lifestyle.

Our philosophy holds to the belief that promoting these differences in the workplace is a means of encouraging personal and organizational growth and contribution, and enabling individuals and teams. Furthermore, workplace diversity reflects the changing face of the American workforce and population, as well as our customer base.

Big Heart Pet Brands' commitment to diversity is consistent with our shared values:

INTEGRITY
Integrity—in the quality of our brands, our solutions, and our actions—drives every decision we make. We readily embrace the responsibility of being trusted. And we trust that the people we work with—inside and outside the company—will do what they say.

COURAGE
We know that people and their pets, our colleagues and our partners depend on us to make the right call, even when it’s a tough one.

ACTION
We live our purpose every day. We act on it by anticipating and responding to the needs of people, pets, and the people we work with. Our actions are disciplined, decisive, and timely.


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Are you interested in finding out why Big Heart Pet Brands is such a great place to work?

Well, look no further. Get up close and personal with some of our employees who each in their own unique way contribute to Big Heart Pet Brands' bottom line. 

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Big Heart Pet Brands Reviews

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Big Heart Pet Brands CEO and Director David J. (Dave) West
David J. (Dave) West
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    It was a great job, learned something everyday.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Good Opportunity to Make Good Money
    Former Employee - Good Opportunity to Make Good Money

    I worked at Big Heart Pet Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay lots of overtime double time on sundays, good benefits, and every year you get cost of living raise in pay its usully 3%

    Cons

    Overall its a good place to work with apportunity for advancement if you work hard.

    Recommends
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Big Heart Pet Brands Interviews

Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014

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    Production Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Buffalo, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Buffalo, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Big Heart Pet Brands in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially found the job posting on Monster/Indeed and submitted my resume for review. A few weeks later I received a call from an HR generalist that scheduled a phone interview with a manufacturing manager which was just 3 days later. Roughly a month later I was called to do an in-plant interview with a 15 or so others where we had to fill out an applications and completed panel style interviews with production management. Interview questions concentrated on background, adaptations, availability and work scenarios.

    A week later I received another phone call to come in with a few select others to participate in a plant tour and interview with HR and a production manager which focused mainly on more what if scenarios, how you handle overtime and why you should be hired among others.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions were relatively confusing. It almost seemed as if all scenarios they spoke of were related only to work there. But not too difficult.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Pay and benefits are subject to union.agreement.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

Big Heart Pet Brands Awards & Accolades

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Bay Area Most Admired CEOs, San Francisco Business Times, 2013
CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), 2014

Additional Info

Website www.bigheartpet.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1886
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

We make products people love to buy, and experiences that strengthen the bond between them. We do this because we love pets and we know you trust us with their well-being.

We are driven to constantly improve the quality food and treats we make. Our portfolio of brands, with a foundation in food and treats, meets the needs of every life stage and budget. They nourish the... More

Mission: About Us
We created Big Heart Pet Brands® with a singular focus and a clear purpose.

We nurture the bond between pets and the people who love them–making every day... More

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